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How a Brazilian carnival artiste coped with unemployment in the pandemic by reinventing her craft of stilt-walking
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How a Brazilian carnival artiste coped with unemployment in the pandemic by reinventing her craft of stilt-walking

One of the biggest casualties has been Rio's carnival, which would have been held in February but was cancelled for the first time in 109 years because of the pandemic — leaving the small armies of costume designers, mechanics, choreographers, performers and others who usually prepare the parades out of work.

Brazil's Amazon forest released more CO2 than it absorbed over the last decade: Study
science

Brazil's Amazon forest released more CO2 than it absorbed over the last decade: Study

If the region were to become a source of CO2 rather than a "sink", tackling the climate crisis will be that much harder.

Brazil’s COVID-19 toll crosses 4,00,000; less than 6% citizens fully vaccinated, research finds
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Brazil’s COVID-19 toll crosses 4,00,000; less than 6% citizens fully vaccinated, research finds

President Jair Bolsonaro, under investigation over his administration's handling of the crisis, has attacked mayors and governors who have enforced restrictions

Brazil regulator rejects Sputnik's COVID-19 vaccine; Russia slams 'politically motivated' decision
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Brazil regulator rejects Sputnik's COVID-19 vaccine; Russia slams 'politically motivated' decision

Brazil's health regulator said the adenovirus on which the vaccine is based has the capacity to replicate, which could cause sickness or death

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Holders Brazil to face Germany in football group stages
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Holders Brazil to face Germany in football group stages

The tournament starts on 22 July, a day before the opening ceremony of the Games that were postponed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Brazil launch mandatory anti-racism training for athletes
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Brazil launch mandatory anti-racism training for athletes

The Brazilian Olympic Committee launched the 30-hour online course this week, which will be mandatory for all 650 athletes, coaches, doctors, nutritionists, officials, and other members of the country's delegation to the Tokyo Games in July and August.

In Brazil, women are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic’s blow, at home and at work
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In Brazil, women are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic’s blow, at home and at work

During the pandemic, more than 6.5 million Brazilian women exited the workforce, dropping their participation rate below 48 percent — the lowest in more than a decade

COVID-19 variants from Brazil and South Africa are less susceptible to antibodies, finds study
Health

COVID-19 variants from Brazil and South Africa are less susceptible to antibodies, finds study

As per the research, published in the journal Cell, recovery from COVID-19 as well as vaccination may offer only incomplete protection against these mutant forms

Brazilian football confederation pushes clubs to play amid COVID-19 surge
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Brazilian football confederation pushes clubs to play amid COVID-19 surge

Last year, professional football was stopped between March and June of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

World Water Day: 10 pictures illustrating the most polluted waters around the world
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World Water Day: 10 pictures illustrating the most polluted waters around the world

Every year, since 1993, 22 March is celebrated as World Water Day to raise awareness on how human actions are negatively affecting water resources.

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro appoints fourth health minister since beginning of COVID-19 pandemic
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Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro appoints fourth health minister since beginning of COVID-19 pandemic

Marcelo Queiroga will replace Eduardo Pazuello, an active-duty army general who landed the position despite having no prior health experience

As Brazil tackles contagious new COVID-19 variant, its crisis is a warning to the world, say scientists
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As Brazil tackles contagious new COVID-19 variant, its crisis is a warning to the world, say scientists

Just over 5.8 million Brazilians — roughly 2.6 percent of the population — had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Tuesday

BMC makes seven-day institutional quarantine mandatory for travellers arriving from Brazil
India

BMC makes seven-day institutional quarantine mandatory for travellers arriving from Brazil

Institutional quarantine for seven days and another seven days of home quarantine is already mandatory for persons arriving from the UK, Europe, South Africa and West Asia

Ligue 1: Newly-appointed Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli to self-isolate for seven days before taking charge
Sports

Ligue 1: Newly-appointed Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli to self-isolate for seven days before taking charge

The Argentine, who has spent the last year in Brazil coaching Atletico Mineiro, was appointed by Marseille last Friday.

Football great Pele receives COVID-19 vaccine, hails 'unforgettable' day
Sports

Football great Pele receives COVID-19 vaccine, hails 'unforgettable' day

Pele's health has deteriorated in recent years, and in limited recent public appearances, he has been seen in a wheelchair or supported by a walker.

In Brazil, world's largest tree-borne fruit is either danger or delight: Journey of the jackfruit in southern hemisphere
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In Brazil, world's largest tree-borne fruit is either danger or delight: Journey of the jackfruit in southern hemisphere

Jackfruit is abundant during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer, but many Brazilians are loath to eat it. Historically, it has been consumed more by the poor or enslaved; in barbecue-mad Brazil, the idea of fruit substituting for meat is viewed with suspicion.

COVID-19 in UK: Officials hunt for 'missing' person carrying Brazilian strain as experts sound alarm
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COVID-19 in UK: Officials hunt for 'missing' person carrying Brazilian strain as experts sound alarm

The variant that emerged in northern Brazil has been detected in six people in the UK, one of whom cannot be located after they failed to fill in their contact details on a form after taking a coronavirus test

Watch: PSLV-C51 launches Brazil's Amazonia-1, 18 other satellites; Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO
India

Watch: PSLV-C51 launches Brazil's Amazonia-1, 18 other satellites; Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO

Amazonia-1, which became the first Brazilian satellite to be launched from India, is an optical earth observation satellite of National Institute for Space Research

Johnson & Johnson's single-shot vaccine highly effective in preventing severe COVID-19, announces US FDA
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Johnson & Johnson's single-shot vaccine highly effective in preventing severe COVID-19, announces US FDA

In large clinical trials, the vaccine's efficacy against severe COVID-19 disease was 85.9 percent in the US, 81.7 percent in South Africa, and 87.6 percent in Brazil

In a first, Brazil twins undergo gender confirmation surgery together, say they 'never identified as boys'
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In a first, Brazil twins undergo gender confirmation surgery together, say they 'never identified as boys'

Dr Jose Carlos Martins of Transgender Center Brazil, a clinic in the southeastern city of Blumenau, performed the five-hour surgery on the twins one day apart